What can chicken eat? What can’t chicken eat? You Should Know

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In this article we are going to show your what can chicken eat and what can’t chicken eat? Let’s started

What Can’t Chicken Eat?

1. Don’t feed avocado fresh, pits or skins to your chicken.

avocado fresh

There is presence of a toxin substance called persin present in the skin, the stone of the avocado, the bark and leaves of the tree. The toxin causes heart problems resulting to difficulty in breathing and finally death in less than 24 hours.

2. Don’t feed green potatoes and tomatoes

green potatoes

Green potatoes and tomatoes contains toxic substance called solanin and chaconine which are found in the peel, the flesh and sprouts of the potatoe.Don’t feed any part of a potato which is green. The worse thing about it is that you cannot alter the toxic substance by cooking, so just keep away from your chicken.

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3. Chicken should not eat chocolate

can chicken eat chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine elements which are dangerous to the chicken.The darker the chocolate, the more traces of theobrommine it contains and more fatal. After a period of 24 hours.

I would advise you to keep away chocolates from your flock. Chocolate can cause heart problems such as irregular heartbeat which can prove to be fatal.

4. Never allow your chickens to eat dried or raw beans

raw beans

Beans contain a toxin called phytohaemagglutinin which is dangerous to the chicken. Death occurs very shortly and there is no known cure for birds once they have eaten.

5. Chicken should not eat anything moldy

don't feed your chicken anything moldy

Moulds which grow on nuts, corn, and apples produces a toxin called aflatoxin which contribute to liver problems in animals.

6. Apple seeds are poisonous for chicken!

Apple seeds for chicken?

Seeds or pits from apricots, cherries, peaches, pears and plums contain cyanide so they should not be feed to chickens.

7. Are Rhubarb Leaves Toxic To Chickens?

don't feed chicken Rhubarb

Rhubarb leaves are toxic to humans and animals. And the entire plant contains oxalic acid, which can lead to soft-shelled eggs. So it is best to avoid them.

8. Why cant you feed your chicken citrus

Can Chickens Eat Citrus

Citrus interfere with calcium absorption in chickens’ .This results to poor egg shell formation and laying of fewer eggs.

9. Don’t feed chickens on raw eggs

can chicken eat raw eggs

Introducing raw eggs to your chickens could result in your flock turning cannibal. If they are doing this, it could be a result of a deficiency in their diet or because they are stressed. Adding crushed oyster shells to their diet usually helps as well as adjusting their environment

10. Dry rice

can chicken eat Dry rice

If we feed them rice, we cook it beforehand. Chickens that are fed dry rice are put in danger of the rice blowing up when it is introduced to moisture and will cause a gut problem in chickens.

11. Junk food

can chicken eat junk food

if you don’t eat junk food, then you won’t have any leftovers… So you won’t even have to worry about this one, right? Highly processed food isn’t good for humans, and it’s not good for your chickens either.

12. Raw peanuts

can chicken eat Raw peanuts

Peanut is a member of the legume family, they contain a trypsin inhibitor called trypsin. Trypsin is an enzyme that is produced by pancreas .It helps the intestines to absorb proteins.

Raw peanuts are known to be bad for squirrels and other small animals, and some birds can’t eat them either. There are mixed opinions as to whether they’re okay for chickens.

13. Dairy

can chicken eat Dairy

Chickens aren’t able to digest lactose, so it’s best to skip it. If you’re looking for a good calcium source for your chickens, try crushed up egg shells or oyster shells.

14. Raw meat

can chicken eat Raw meat

It can carry parasites and diseases. Some feel it can also lead to aggressive behavior and cannibalism in the flock.

What chicken can eat? What To Feed Your Chickens

1. Apples

chicken eat Apples

They are very rare fruit and very expensive too. You can consider giving your chickens a very nice treat by feeding them apples. Just make sure they are not moldy before feeding them to your chickens.

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2. Cooked beans

can chicken eat Cooked beans

Beans should be cooked thoroughly and cooled down before been fed to the chickens. Cooking the beans makes them more digestable. You should also make sure that the beans are clean before feeding them and also provide them with cool water to drink.

3. Breads

can chicken eat Breads

Chicks love to eat bread a lot and won’t stop until every bread crumb is gone so as a chicken owner, make sure to give bread in moderation

4. Broccoli

can chicken eat Brusel sprouts

They should be fed in moderation. They have mild doses of low-grade toxins. It’s a big concern though, the chicken will eat a little bit of it due to the firm nature of the stem.

5. Cabbage

chicken eat Cabbage

It’s fine to feed cabbages to the poultry. It will not hurt the chicken and will do some good.

6. Cauliflower

Can chicken eat Cauliflower

Cauliflower is fine to feed to the chickens. Chicken loves the leaves of the plant.

7. Brusel sprouts

can chicken eat Brusel sprouts

Chicken like brusel sprout leaves. They are rich in vitamins. You can try them out.

9. Carrots

Can chicken eat Carrots

Carrots are fine to feed to the chickens. You can cut them into slices if they are hard and raw and feed them to the chickens.

10. Corn

can chicken eat Corn

Corn is a great treat for your chickens. You can feed corn to them loose or mix with their pellets, or you can feed it to them straight from the cob. You can feed your chicken packed corn.

Packed corn is packed with lutein and zeaxanthin which are phytochemicals that help keep your chickens vision healthy.It also provide fiber to the chickens.

11. Cucumbers

can chicken eat Cucumbers

Chicken love cucumbers. You can slice them in half length and prevent from getting dirt.

12. Fruits

Fruits for chickens

Fruits are great to feed to the birds. Grapes and strawberries are entertaining, chicken run off with them being chased by others. It is much fun to see chicken running in the coop.

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13. Grains

Can chicken Grains

Feeding laying hens a mixture of grain with peas or canola seed will not provide adequate protein quality to maintain egg size and production

14. Oat meal (cooked or raw)

Oat meal

Cooked oatmeal makes a nice warm treat on a cold winter day for the chickens .They have high protein content.

15. Cooked pasta

can chicken eat Cooked pasta

Cooked pasta can be a cheap but filling treat for your chickens. Two cups of pasta is more than enough for a flock of six chickens. Again, like with cottage cheese you can mix other food into the pasta.

A nice creamy sauce or chopped up vegetables can go a long way to keeping your chickens happy. However, they will be perfectly happy with just dry pasta. If you are going to feed your chicken pasta, just make sure to cook it beforehand! I’m not sure they would appreciate hard, crunchy, raw pasta

16. Yoghurt

can chicken eat Yoghurt

Yoghurt is very healthy for your chickens. It contains calcium with helpful probiotics. It’s good for digestive system. It provides your chickens with several essential nutrients such as calcium which helps keep their bones strong.

It’s also a great source of protein as laying chickens need around 20 grams of protein need around 20 grams a day to produce an egg.

17. Water melon.

Can chicken eat Water melon

Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats. Watermelon is the perfect summer snack for chickens. Not only is it full of water and extremely refreshing for them, it also contains lots of essential vitamins and minerals.

You could also, mix the frozen watermelon in with plain greek yoghurt. This helps spread the watermelon out and greek yoghurt is also very refreshing for them.

18. Sunflower seeds

can chicken eat Sunflower seeds

Feeding sunflower seeds to chickens is a great way to tame them, to allow them to come running every time they see you. A perfect treat to feed by hand, scatter on the ground or add to the feeding dish. It is much fun.

19. Pumpkin

Can chicken eat Water melon

Pumpkins provide added health benefits to the chicken. I is a natural dewormer ,it’s seeds contain a deworming compound called cucurbitan which is used to expel tapeworms.


My name is Jeanne. I'm a homesteader who loves to inspire others to return to their roots, learn new skills, and embark on their own homestead journey.

4 thoughts on “What can chicken eat? What can’t chicken eat? You Should Know”

  1. I appreciate the information given in this article, but I feel like the following sentence is in need of editing –
    “Peanut is a member of the legume family, they contain a trypsin inhibitor called trypsin. Trypsin is an enzyme that is produced by pancreas .It helps the intestines to absorb proteins.”

    I doubt that trypsin inhibits itself


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